Climing in Gosau on the Dachstein
The climb brings you to the summit of one of the loveliest peaks of the jagged Gosaukamm mountain range. At 2055 metres, the Grosse Donnerkogel is also one of the highest.
The Intersport Via Ferrata on the Donnerkogel offers the purest climbing pleasure to all Alpine aficionados, as well as an unforgettable Alpine adventure with a unique view over the Dachstein Glacier. On the via ferrata, you’ll go along fixed wire cables secured with iron stirrups, pegs, and up ladders to the top of the Donnerkogel. The climbing route admittedly starts off very relaxed over the Törleck, but as soon as you approach the jagged rocks of the Little Donnerkogel (1919m) and the Great Donnerkogel (2055m), the ascent becomes a challenge even for experienced climbers! Once you’ve made the ascent, you’ll be rewarded with a fantastically clear view out over the Alpine world of the Inner Salzkammergut as far as the Salzburg region.
Intersport Via Ferrata route
From the Gablonzer Hütte hut alongside the Gosaukamm cable car mountain station, the route climbs up 400 m of altitude to the summit cross on the Grosser Donnerkogel in 2 stages. The climb takes around 3 hours across steep faces ranging from a medium to difficult rating. The first section is adventurous but easier – and is therefore also a real pleasure for budding professional climbers.
40-meter-long "Stairway to heaven"
Unique attraction on the Donnerkogel via ferrata, on the Zwieselalm in Gosau: a 40-meter-long Jacob’s ladder. The new 40-meter-long panoramic "Jacob’s ladder" at the Donnerkogel via ferrata is the new top attraction for climbers on the Zwieselalm.
Donnerkogel fixed route
Suspended in air and thrilling, with a fantastic view of the Dachstein Glacier, the surrounding mountains and onto the whole of the Gosau Valley. On clear days, the view reaches until the Großglockner. Thus the highest mountain of Upper Austria, the Hohe Dachstein and the highest mountain of Austria, the Grossglockner can be admired at the same time. The course was laid over an existing climbing route by Paul Preuß, a pioneer in the Alpine climbing sport, today regarded as one of the spiritual fathers of free climbing and the best climber of his time.
The course was built by outdoor specialist Heli Putz and his team at Outdoor Leadership. With Outdoor Leadership you can even book climbing lessons! In honour of the climbing pioneer, who died in an accident on the Gosaukamm Ridge on 3 October 1913, on 20 July 2013 at the lower station of the Gosaukamm lift the Paul Preuß Memorial was unveiled, designed by students at the technical college (HTL) in Hallstatt and constructed by the Deubler Company in Bad Goisern.
Intersport Via Ferrata on the Donnerkogel
Note for climbing enthusiasts
A printed folder with climbing routes in the Salzkammergut and a detailed route description is available at the four tourist offices of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. In addition, local outdoor providers also offer the option of booking an experienced guide for the "via ferrata experience". You can find the contact details for this under “Information at a glance” below.
Don’t forget to make your mark!
Perpetuate - make your mark. What is the point in a visit to the summit cross without leaving behind an entry in the logbook? You will also find a ‘summit book’ on the top – those who come after you will enjoy reading your entries!
Safety on the rock face
In recent years rock climbing has developed encouragingly strong and each year inspires more and more people. Its versatility means you get a taste of everything: whether hard tracks in the Boulder room or indoor climbing hall, long routes with alpine ambience or leisurely tours on a sunny cliff - in climbing, regardless of age, everyone finds their individual conditions. Safety guidelines play an important role in enabling you to enjoy this fascination to the full. The best advice for "correct" climbing in the Salzkammergut region can be found here.
Where Hiking Enthusiasts and Sunbathers Meet
The Zwieselalm in Gosau is one of the most beautiful hiking areas in the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Extensive hiking routes lead over alpine meadows and through shady mountain forests where one can spend hours of enjoyment or relish in short hikes from one alpine lodge to the next. Whether you’re stopping in for a pleasant snack at the Gablonzer lodge, a thirst quencher at the Zwieselalm lodge or a relaxing sun bath at the Sonnenalm, the family-friendly hosts, pure mountain landscapes and impressive views of the picturesque Gosau Lake promise an unforgettable experience in the Lake Hallstatt and Gosau Valley region. We hope you enjoy your hiking holiday in Austria!
The most beautiful mountain huts on the Zwieselalm
Gosau | Gablonzerhütte: Both a haven and the perfect starting point for unforgettable moments in the Dachstein West hiking region. Passionate hikers will love the fantastic sunny terrace with views of the Dachstein glacier.
Gosau | Sonnenalm: Ideal stopover during your hike through the impressive mountains of the Dachstein-West hiking region. There are home-made pastries and hearty home cooking.
More via ferrata in the Gosau Valley
Water, ice and rock are the perfect mix for this approximately 1-hour climbing experience with difficulty level C above Lake Gosau in the Salzkammergut.
Intermediate route for advanced climbers. Best climbing time for this tour is in the morning and mid-morning. The dream panorama of the Gosau valley is one of the highlights. Simply heavenly!
"Max & Moritz" Via Ferrata for Children and Youngsters Chidr. The only via ferrata for children from the age of 7. Relatively easy route in two stages of about 1 hour in the Gosau Hintertal. 300 metres of pure climbing fun for the youngsters. In two sections.